Jordan swears in new government

October 24, 2011 13:18

AMMAN - Jordan's pro-US King Abdullah swore in on Monday a reform-minded government charged with speeding up political liberalization in response to domestic pressure for change after protests inspired by sweeping Arab uprisings.

Prime Minister Awn Khasawneh, a former international jurist at the Hague-based International Court of Justice, was appointed last week to replace conservative ex-general Marouf al-Bakhit, who had been widely criticized for inept handling of the domestic crisis.

Officials said ex-central banker Umayya Toukan was appointed as finance minister in a cabinet lineup that includes moderates and technocrats to widen its national appeal.

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